From the Publisher
“Greene's nuanced portrait of this heroine places Teferra at the center of a global crisis but never loses its focus on the innocent victims.” People (four stars, Critic's Choice)
“A powerful story--by turns sad, politically infuriating, and inspiring--and Greene brings her formidable intelligence and eloquence to the telling. Grade: A” Entertainment Weekly (EW Pick)
“Elegant and profoundly evocative writing…as much a call-to-arms as a narrative account of one woman's struggle to fight the disease.” Washington Post
“A truly inspiring book…gripping and heartfelt…This is a story not to be missed.” Christian Science Monitor
“A deeply personal chronicle of human suffering and sinister global politics…featuring orphaned children and devoted adults whose courage will inspire even the most skeptical.” Chicago Tribune
Greene here relates the plight of AIDS-stricken families in Ethiopia, which has one of the highest levels of infection on the continent. The disease carries a strong social stigma as well. Children orphaned by the disease have virtually no chance of being adopted or cared for in their home country. Through happenstance, Haregewoin Teferra, a widow, ends up running an unofficial orphanage and day school out of her home in Addis Ababa for children left homeless by this pandemic. The author alternates the very human story of Teferra and her big heart with history and facts about Ethiopia and the critical issue of AIDS in Africa. Greene (The Temple Bombing), the adoptive parent of two Ethiopian children, tells a story that deserves a wide audience. The narration by actress Julie Fain Lawrence is smooth and satisfying; highly recommended for all public libraries.
Karen Fauls-Traynor Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information